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Ashe Isadora

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One of my first assignments in "Wicca 101" was to look for Goddess and God symbols around me.  It was enlightening with many "Of course! why didn't I see that before?" moments.

I'm curious what the members can come up with.  I remember the Sun Maid Raisin Girl (a maiden aspect of the Goddess) and the Jolly Green Giant (the Green Man) came to mind immediately.  What can you think of (advertisements, commercial products, movies or other) that we see every day and don't really notice as God/dess symbolism? The point of the exercise is that They are all around us. They never left.

This needn't be from a Wiccan perspective, just tell us who you notice popping up in the modern world.
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Re: Do you see faces of the Goddess and the God in our cuture today?
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2015, 06:10:48 PM »

A facsimile of Hermes used to be the symbol for "National" the petrol company.
"Interflora" uses Hermes also
A Minotaur is the representation of "Covonia" a cough medicine.
"BP" uses a sun sign.

I would have got the "Jolly Green Giant", but you already named him..LoL
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Re: Do you see faces of the Goddess and the God in our cuture today?
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2015, 06:19:31 PM »

Ever notice the Starbuck's emblem? 
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2015, 06:22:18 PM »

Of course, Starbucks. I now remember reading about that somewhere. Nice one.

In medical terms, Caduseus is the 2 snakes wrapped around the staff and wings symbol, again of Hermes
Maseratti have a trident.
I think it's Plymouth that have a five pointed star, although not really a pentagram.
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Re: Do you see faces of the Goddess and the God in our cuture today?
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2015, 07:30:54 AM »

Some images are pretty in-your-face.  There's a statue of Ceres next to our local grain silo, and mainstream folks here are fine with it because it's "art". But still - there She is. That kind of thing is fun to look for.

But their presence can be sly too, and those examples are the most interesting to me. It's as if the gods are winking at us and saying 'We endure". That's what I look for.  I'm curious about other people's insights and what they see that I may have missed.
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Re: Do you see faces of the Goddess and the God in our culture today?
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2015, 02:31:42 PM »

this is interesting and make one more aware.   
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2015, 02:41:19 PM »

It was pointed out to me that the green man is more a spirit than a god.  True.  But it works for the purpose of this exercise.  I also remembered Robin Hood is basically a face of the green man, which really makes the Disney version a hoot.  Actually Disney is a gold mine for pagan images if you understand the stories they are really telling.
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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2015, 04:31:25 PM »

Over here in Blighty, if you can find a chapel or a church that's old enough, there is often evidence of it being built by Pagan peoples. Often there are symbols or reliefs carved into the stone work representing the old Gods/esses or similar. These were allowed to be done because it was the churches way of drawing the peoples in. Evidence is still apparent in them if you look carefully.
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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2015, 04:41:17 PM »

I've heard there are, um, sheela-na-gigs carved into some churches over there. Now I'd have a tough time maintaining proper decorum and resist giggling at THAT sight in a Christian church. Especially since I know exactly what it is.  I'm curious how a modern Christian congregation rationalizes its presence.
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Re: Do you see faces of the Goddess and the God in our culture today?
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2015, 04:57:49 PM »

In medieval Europe, those (as well as gargoyles and other pagan cravings) were used to protect against evil spirits or as warnings against immorality (at least that was the official line). I can't see how protestant churches justified their existence since part of their reason from breaking from the Church was to get away from what they believed to be unbiblical influences.
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« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2015, 06:13:48 PM »

The congregation say nothing, basically because they are oblivious to it. It's not pointed out to them so they give it no thought. And yes, I would probably be rather amused too... ;D Nowadays it is coming more in to the light, but the people are accepting of the circumstances believing for the most part that Witchcraft is dead and only practised (pretentiously) by teenage girlies watching too many charmed episodes.

The true origin of those carvings is as I said; these buildings were built by Pagan people. Where these churches etc. were built, Christianity was next to non existent; so the only people available to build them were of the old religion. The churches were established in these places to start the process of integrating the Pagans into this upstart new religion. Later came the accusations and we all know where it went from there.....
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Re: Do you see faces of the Goddess and the God in our culture today?
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2015, 08:26:28 AM »

Many images of Ceres, Artemis / Diana and, in the seafood aisle, "Venus on the Half Shell" is all over the lot.  As to the churches, DR is spot on.  So is AI with the Disney part, but, Disney didn't do it any more knowingly than most of the people using images on their products.  They jus know that "that face" was a representation of "that product".

Hundreds, (if not thousands) of the images we see surrounding ALL of "The Holidays" are rife with Pagan imagery.  It's so widespread that the people that would "save our souls" fight tooth-and-nail to put those images in the public square.
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« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2015, 08:34:32 AM »

The Starbucks logo looks like Yemaya to me.  That's goddess figure if ever there was one.
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« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2015, 08:36:21 AM »

I suppose...but it TASTES like the cauldron of Baba Yaga...
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« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2015, 09:23:19 AM »

I suppose...but it TASTES like the cauldron of Baba Yaga...

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